Make Room for the New Year

new year organizing declutter officeThere’s something about the new year that brings out the organizer in all of us. Maybe it’s the desire to start fresh, wipe away the previous year, or start over.

I started 2013 by organizing my garage. Big deal, right?

Actually, it was. I’ve been able to fit my car in my garage (my son’s car too), but I was tired of looking at all of the shelves in my garage filled with things I knew I wasn’t ever going to use. By the time I finished, I had four trash bags full of stuff, three rugs, and a desk, all ready to donate.

How could I have kept so many things I didn’t need? The answer was as clear as my newly organized garage. Because I had extra shelves and plenty of room to store things I didn’t need to keep, I kept them.

Doesn’t it make sense that the more space you have, the more things you’ll keep? Think about it…it’s easier to stick something on a shelf in case you need it some day (something my clients always say), than to decide whether you really need to keep it.

So this new year, take a look at your closets, bookcases, cabinets, your garage, or storage space — not in one day, it’s too overwhelming — and see if you can get rid of a few things you’re no longer using.

Don’t be surprised if while your organizing you say a few times, “I was looking for that!” because I promise you will.

Which organizing project are you going to tackle this year?


  1. As a neat freak who thrives on organization, I love this article! One sentence stuck out beyond the others, though. “Doesn’t it make sense that the more space you have, the more things you’ll keep?” I LOVE blank space. While I definitely love a warm and cozy atmosphere and not necessarily a cold and clinical setting, I enjoy having every square inch of surface space free. I don’t like a cluttered closet. I like being able to see each item hanging and be able to tell what it is without having to separate it from the piece of clothing next to it. Since I keep so much “blank space,” I have no choice but to throw things out just as quickly as they come into the house! Keep up the organization in 2013!
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    • I like the way you think, Lauren! Whenever I buy something new, I donate something I never use. It helps to keep my office supplies and clothes under control. The key is to be able to find what you need, when you need it. Here’s to an organized 2013!
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  2. When my husband and I cleaned up mid of last year, I was amazed at how much clutter we’ve accumulated over the years… And I’m hooked at decluttering since then! Everytime the house gets messy, I’m so tempted to toss everything in trash bags and forget about them. Haha

    Will set a whole day, very soon, to clean up again… :)
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  3. First, I just discovered your site via your blog post on SCORE. I’m glad I did.

    Second, I love organizing and reorganizing. I recently got a roommate to save money, and it forced me to get rid of A LOT.

    Third, I agree that excess space usually leads to excess stuff. I like to have just the space I need.
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  4. In the new year everyone reorganize their house and office too. That is a very fantastic idea! My cousin and I reorganize our rooms every year beautifully. We have so much excitement for new year. I like your site!

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